Thought you might be interested in this warning from a Friend of McHenry County Blog:
I wanted to bring to your attention an issue that is near and dear to our hearts, one that we have been rallying against for some time.
Recently, a gentleman by the name of Robert Dellutri applied for a conditional use permit for a tavern and an off-street parking variance for his proposed video gambling business on Rte. 120 (near Angelo’s and Jewel). He stated that it would be “much like a Starbucks, a cafe serving coffee, soft drinks, and packaged food itemsIN ADDITION TO ALCOHOL AND VIDEO GAMING. he also stated that he was “looking for an area with high traffic volume of shoppers (i.e. grocery stores, shopping malls).
The McHenry City Council voted it down. FOR NOW. Two council members voted in favor.
This is what is happening. Since our state legislators voted in 2009 to allow video gambling, we have business owners, who have no interest in preserving our communities, trying to make their money here and live in other cities (as in the case of Robert Dellutri of Aurora).
The potential is that opportunists will try to move into any vacant building and open up a tavern. This is exactly what Dellutri tried to do in a strip mall in McHenry under the ruse of a “cafe like Starbucks”. Starbucks doesn’t stay open until 2:00am and is not a “mini-casino”!
Cities in McHenry county (like Spring Grove and Johnsburg) that have approved video gambling may be targeted in the future.
Please call your pastors and alert them. Then call your Village Board or City Council members and let them know that you are against this expansion!